March 2 | U.S. Department of Education

City Superintendents will also participate, highlight local efforts to improve education in nation's three largest schools districts: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel together with their Superintendents, Dennis Walcott, John Deasy and Jean-Claude Brizard, to host a forum titled, "Education Now: Cities at the Forefront of Reform." The forum will be held Friday, March 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. EST at American University.

NBC's Andrea Mitchell, host of MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports," will moderate the forum and engage the group in a dialogue about education successes and challenges. Duncan and local leaders will discuss a variety of issues including accountability, school management, strengthening the teaching profession, and the importance of school leadership while also highlighting efforts underway to expand access to a high-quality education and improve student outcomes in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Collectively, these three school districts serve nearly 2.5 million students, 77% of whom are poor and 88% of whom are minority.

This event will be webcasted live at 10 a.m. EST(7 AM PST). To watch, go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department. Viewers are also invited to join the conversation on Twitter at #EdCities.

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